National Landlords Association – Alzheimer’s Society blog
Why do we need landlords to be dementia friendly?
People with dementia want to live in their own homes for as long as possible. Find out about the easy and free step landlords can take to become more dementia friendly today.
The impact of dementia for landlords
Two thirds of people with dementia still live in their own home in the community, mostly in mainstream housing, and by 2040 it is estimated that a third of people aged 65+ could be living in private rented accommodation. Landlords are therefore likely to have a lot of residents living with dementia whose independent living they can help to support.
National Landlords Association is working with Alzheimer’s Society to support landlords across England and Wales to become more dementia friendly. We want to see an increased number of people with dementia being able to live longer in their own homes, with a greater focus on independent living. This can only be achieved with greater support from the housing sector and by improving the homes that people live in.
Becoming a more dementia-friendly landlord doesn’t need to require a lot of time, money or resources. You can become a Dementia Friend in just ten minutes!
What challenges do your residents living with dementia have in their home?
Dementia is the UK’s biggest killer. Someone develops it every three minutes and currently there’s no cure. People with dementia face a range of challenges and different housing needs which are not currently met by their homes: 95 percent of homes lack even basic accessibility features. So what challenges do people with dementia face in their home and what can you do?
- Difficulties recognising familiar places, objects or people – how can you support residents living with dementia to recognise their home, such as by allowing them to personalise their front door?
- Perception issues – how can you consider dementia-friendly design when refurbishing properties to ease these issues, such as by avoiding confusing wallpaper and carpet patterns or door mats that may look like a hole to someone with dementia?
- Mobility challenges – how can you make small adaptations such as handrails and ensuring step-free access to help people with dementia remain independent?
- People with dementia worry about other people’s reactions if they display strange behaviour – get involved with Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme which is improving society’s understanding about dementia.
85 percent of people say that if they developed dementia they would want to stay at home for as long as they were able to. By becoming a more dementia-friendly landlord, you have the ability to make this possible and improve the wellbeing and quality of life of people affected by dementia!
“We deserve to be accepted and included in our communities and not live in isolation or loneliness” – person living with dementia
Become a Dementia Friend today!
As a first and essential step in becoming dementia friendly, you and all your colleagues should become a Dementia Friend. Dementia Friends is the biggest ever initiative changing the way people think, act and talk about dementia, reducing stigma and creating a dementia-friendly society. There are already 2.9 million Dementia Friends in England and Wales.
Become a Dementia Friend today by clicking here and using the code: NLA123 – you and your colleagues can become Dementia Friends together in a team meeting. It takes as little as ten minutes and it is completely free!
Alice Billin, Programme Partnerships Officer at Alzheimer’s Society